One of the great things about working at North Cross School is doing so alongside a community of motivated learners—students and teachers. Oftentimes, a brief suggestion turns into an amazing opportunity that benefits our school immensely and in more ways than expected. Two such cases recently have taken shape. Stephen Belderes has developed a tremendous opportunity for our students to take college-level coursework this summer and Deborah Jessee’s hard work has forged a partnership with Hollins University to provide an affordable graduate education for our faculty.
This summer, under Stephen’s guidance, North Cross will partner with Mary Baldwin University to offer “BUAD 200 – Management Principles,” a hands-on college course that teaches students how to plan, organize, and market a small business. Similar to a standard introductory business course, the three resulting credits should easily transfer to most colleges and universities, but more important, it will be a neat class for a rising junior or senior who has that entrepreneurial spirit. The course will be taught by a faculty member from Mary Baldwin University over a three-week period in July. For more information, you can visit our Summer Programs site or talk with Stephen to find out more.
Those of you who attended our winter gala Boots and Bling, have already heard about our innovative Masters of Arts in Teaching program that we have designed in partnership with Hollins University. Deborah Jessee has worked with past North Cross parent Lorraine Lange, the director of the M.A.L.S., M.A.T., and M.A. in Teaching and Learning graduate programs at Hollins, to create a ten-course sequence for a cohort of North Cross faculty members. We anticipate that ten or more of our teachers will take advantage of this opportunity to earn their Master’s Degree befitting our curriculum. While the planned coursework is exceptional, I believe one of the strongest benefits of this program will be the fact that our teachers will regularly meet in a classroom environment to discuss best educational practices.
We have always envisioned North Cross as a vibrant educational community and I believe these two opportunities represent further evidence that we are achieving our vision. One could even remark that this is more evidence that there has never been a better time to be at North Cross.
Christian J. Proctor, PhD
Dr. Proctor is the ninth Head of School at North Cross and has served as such since 2011. He has more than 30 years of experience in education. He has served as headmaster at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina, St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Metairie, Louisiana, Grace Episcopal School in Monroe, Louisiana, and as Interim Headmaster at Wesley Academy in Houston, Texas. In each location, Dr. Proctor’s tenure was marked by creativity, innovation, and school growth.